New Unit: Modern Jewish Leaders

This week in fifth grade we are moving onto our final unit of the year in which we will focus on Jewish leaders in our world today. We’ve started by listing all the Jewish leaders we can think of in our lives and we will continue by learning more about some in particular and even interviewing a few of them in person.


Please find information on the following below:

  1. Chazakah | Class of 2019 Confirmation Service | March 23

  2. Purim Announcements!

  • Community Purim Carnival & Megillah Reading 3/24

  • Book Drive and Card Making at the Purim Carnival

  1. Interfaith Families – Interest in Creating a Group?

1. Chazakah | Class of 2019 Confirmation Service | Shabbat Morning Services March 23 Chazakah is the culmination of years of Yachad, where our cadre of 10-12th grade students can proudly present what animates their Judaism and affirm their commitment to their religion and people in a creative and interactive way. The whole community is invited to learn, pray, and support these extraordinary students. This Shabbat morning service will be fun for all ages, with roles for all participants.  Please plan on joining us!

2. Purim Announcements!

Community Purim Carnival and Megillah Reading, Sunday, March 24

Carnival at 9:30 AM, Megillah Reading at 11:30 AM

Bring the whole family to this Queen-themed celebration and party like a rockstar with your CBE family and clergy. We will have a bouncy house, carnival games, crafts, face painting, puppet show, hamentaschen, yummy treats, and more! General Admission: Free for all ages! Carnival Activities & Games: $18 all-access kids passes*

Buy Carnival Passes

*Purchase your passes by Friday, March 22. Passes purchased at the door will be $25.


Click here for information about the community megillah reading for all ages & party for 21+ on 3/20


Book Drive and Card Making at the Purim Carnival 3/24!

Yet another opportunity to share the spirit of our community and our love of reading! At the Purim Carnival the Youth Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a Book Drive and Card Making table to benefit pediatric patients at Methodist Hospital. Bring a gently used (or new) book to the Purim Carnival and stop by to add a card and ribbon. This is a great opportunity to talk with your kids about the importance of giving back to their community, and to help them choose a book of their own to donate to sick children! Books will also be available for purchase. Through Reach Out And Read (ROAR), pediatric patients at Methodist are read to by volunteers and then can take the books home with them. Preschool through early elementary ages books are always needed. If you have a child in middle school who would like to volunteer at this table please email Bonnie Kerker at


3.  Interfaith Families – Interest in Creating a Group?

This year during Yachad registration, we invited families who identify as interfaith to identify themselves as such.  Many Yachad families did so! We recognize the special blessings and challenges experienced in interfaith families and would like to create a sense of community among this group — which is bigger than one might think.


The partnership between parents and Yachad staff is critical in providing our students a strong foundation in Judaism.  Knowing that many Yachad parents are themselves not Jewish, we want to ensure that there is nevertheless still a strong partnership with, and sense of belonging for, our interfaith families.   We thus have in mind to offer and nurture a space for: 1) Interfaith families to find each other, learn from each other, and develop a mutual support system; 2) Jewish parents in interfaith families to find each other and lean on each other as they create Jewish homes and experiences for their children; and 3) Non-Jewish parents in interfaith families to find and support each other in their journey as non-Jews parenting Jewish children.

We’d love more information about what specific topics you might be interested in exploring further.  Please reply to Erik Pitchal,,  with any thoughts, suggestions, and questions.  We really look forward to hearing from you!